On this post I’ll share with you all about one of my favorite areas in all of Barcelona, called La Dreta De L’Eixample: things to do, where to eat, and where to stay to discover this very special part of the city!
The Eixample is Barcelona’s biggest district, and the one which represents one of its most grandious moments: the golden years of modernisme. It’s the city’s prettiest, most elegant area. When I think of Barcelona, I definitely think of these spectacular buildings which take inspiration from nature and tell the story of the city’s expansion, its wealthiest families and their desire to leave their mark also through art.
What Is The “Eixample”?
So, what is the Eixample? This catalan word litearally means “expansion”, and that’s exactly what it is: an expansion of the city! Barcelona had been confined to the area between the old city walls for many centuries. In the 19th century, these walls were taken down and the government decided to carry out a plan to expand the city, the biggest act of urban planning that has ever taken place in Barcelona. The objective was to provide housing for the growing population, to improve mobility and to fight antihygienic conditions and illnesses that could spread so easily in the Old City.
In this quick guide I will be covering the area called “Dreta de l’Eixample”, that is, the right-side neighborhood of this bigger area called Eixample.
Things To Do In La Dreta de l’Eixample
Passeig de Gracia
Probably Barcelona’s most famous (and expensive) street. Passeig de Gracia is a long and elegant avenue, lined by mandarin trees, modernist buildings, and designer shops. No visit to Barcelona is complete without a stroll on Passeig de Gracia!
Passeig de Sant Joan
This is one of the city’s most popular walks! This boulevard goes from Arc de Triomf until up in Gracia, near Sagrada Familia. On its sides you will find lots of restaurants with terraces where you can eat under the sun, while admiring its beautiful modernist buildings.
Mercat de la Concepcio
The neighborhood’s market, like in most big neighborhoods of the city. Here you will find fresh produce, meat, seafood and flowers. Imagine La Boqueria, but without the thousands of visitors!
This neoclassical building appears to be a mysterious, dark place at first sight! The truth is, this was an old jewelry workshop that has now become home to a religious congregation of nuns.
This museum is not among the city’s most popular ones, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Afer all, isn’t Eggyptian History fascinating?
Visiting this masonic library is like traveling back to the past. Its interior is beautiful, full of books, history and masonic symbols.
Where to Eat in La Dreta de l’Eixample
Eat My Trip
This restaurants serves delicious brunches and lunches, full of fresh ingredients, tastes and colors. It’s perfect for a weekend brunch!
Roots & Rolls
At Roots & Rolls is a beautifully decorated and spacious restaurant serving only plant-based foods. Their specialty is their vegan sushi. I definitely love the concept of top quality, vegan food in a very trendy space!
I keep going back to this Lebanese restaurant because it’s just so delicious! And I also love the intimate, dark yet beautiful atmosphere.
Satan’s Coffee Co.
Certainly a very unique name for a cafe, this place will surprise you with its top quality coffee and clean, hip design.
This Italian restaurant is one of my Italian friends’ favorite and I can understand why! The food is delicious and the restaurant itself is elegant and modern, perfect for a foodie treat or a special dinner date.
El Palace Hotel Rooftop
I only recently visited this hotel for the first time and I was so surprised by its rooftop! It has defnitely made it to my list of all-time favorite rooftops in the city. It’s a very elegant space, with different smaller areas, such as the small flower garden overlooking the Sagrada Familia. The rooftop has a restaurant and a bar where you can enjoy a meal or cocktail in one of the city’s chicest spots.
Where To Stay In La Dreta De L’Eixample
Finding an accommodation in Dreta De L’Eixample will be easy: because it’s a very central area and close to many attractions, there are many hotels as well as bed and breakfasts, hostels, and apartments in Dreta De L’Eixample. These are some of my top recommendations on place to stay in Dreta De L’Eixample:
Hotels in La Dreta De L’Eixample
Praktik Garden is a charming boutique hotel where plants and flowers are all over the place to make your stay in Barcelona evern prettier. A true urban oasis right in the center of Barcelona!
Price range: 90€ – 150€ per night for a double room
A 5-star, grand luxe hotel to make your stay in Barcelona simply perfect. Strateically located on Barcelona’s Gran Via avenue, it’s close to everything you need—but you’ll also find everything you need inside the hotel itself!
Price range: 280€ – 330€ per night for a double room
An elegant and modern design is the staple of this 5-star hotel, located just a few blocks away from Barcelona’s famous Passeig de Gracia.
Price range: 250€ – 400€ per night for a double room
A historical, listed landmark building is now home to this unique 5-star hotel, where you’ll find beauty in every corner.
Price range: 250€ – 350€ per night for a double room
This 4-star hotel is strategically located, only a few steps away from Passeig de Gracia. Its rooftop offers spectacular views over one of the icons of the city, La Pedrera.
Price range: 120€ – 210€ per night for a double room
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Hostels in La Dreta De L’Eixample
One of Barcelona’s most popular hostels, Yeah Barcelona offers everything you need for a budget-friendly stay in the city.
Price range: single bed in shared room from 30€ per night
Offering affordable beds and bike rental, this hostel has got you covered to make the most of your stay in Barcelona.
Price range: single bed in shared room from 30€ per night
This top-rated hostel located in the heart of Barcelona offers simple, yet modern and practical facilities for young travelers, including two communal gardens.
Price range: single bed in shared room from 15€ per night
Apartments in La Dreta De L’Eixample
Centrally located next to Passeig de Gracia and under 10 minutes away from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas.
Price range: from 150€ per night
Located right across Casa Batlló, these design apartments have all the amenities you need for a perfect stay in Barcelona.
Price range: from 180€ per night
Located between Eixample and Sagrada Familia, these apartments are a great option to stay in the center of Barcelona but a little bit further away from the busiest streets.
Price range: from 130€ per night
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